The Perfect Band Name… Before Queen it was Smile. Before Green Day it was Sweet Children. Even before Red Hot Chili Peppers, it was Tony Flow & the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem. They say the “name makes the band.” How does one use songwriting inspiration to create one? For bands like Symphonic Disorder or Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head, perhaps it’s back to the drawing board. According to Digital Music News, 91% of all artists are undiscovered, which can be attributed to the effectiveness of a band’s name. Can it be pronounced? Is it memorable? Can people shout it easily at a concert?

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When I was in a garage band back in high school, it seemed like going back to the drawing board was a daily activity. We went through band names like sticks of chewing gum. We used to talk about songwriting inspiration as a band in our lead guitarist’s house. We’d meet in his kitchen where each of us were required to bring something to the table. This often included something to eat with at least one band name suggestion. With Sweet & Sour Chicken from Safeway, Honey Mustard Kettle Chips, and Fiji Water (for the throats) we never had any problem bringing the food. Our bassist was the organized one. He’d bring the actual drawing board, dry erase markers and printed typed agendas for the meeting.

Sample: Agenda – February 3, 2004

  • Eat Chips
  • Come up with a band name
  • Jam/practice music
  • Erase Band name because it sucks
  • Come up with different band name!

Writer’s Digest has a great article on how to pick character names that would work well for the perfect band name. One of the best was to look up the Latin roots of the name to ensure an unwanted message is not given.

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The journey of finding the perfect band name can be just as treacherous and emotional as The Lord of the Rings Trilogy on Blu-Ray (probably already a band name). Sometimes the journey leads us right back to where we started. I often wonder about the success of the band based on its name. We want to hear about your band name. Has it been a journey for your band to find the right name? Why did you come up with the band name that you did?

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Amelia Kintz
Co-Owner at Afton Shows
Amy joined Afton in 2006 and is Co-Owner of Afton LLC. She helped Ryan Kintz build the company from the ground up and is passionate about helping local artists reach their personal goals and perform onstage. Amy loves going to concerts, traveling, snowboarding, being vegan, and spending time with her daughter Ziah and dogs (Minus and Maida). Amy is the CFO, Booking Manager, and Scheduling Coordinator for the 100+ music venues that we work with. Amy is heavily involved in creating new services for our artists and in continually optimizing how our booking systems operate. She is also Director of Software and leads our web, app, and software development teams.